Mit­so­takis un­veils shadow cab­i­net

Kik­il­ias, Koumout­sakos, Ge­or­giadis at key posts as Theodorikakos pro­moted

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As he wrapped up a visit to the monas­tic com­mu­nity of Mount Athos, Greek op­po­si­tion leader Kyr­i­akos Mit­so­takis yes­ter­day un­veiled a big shake-up of New Democ­racy’s front bench, as he seeks to ramp up pres­sure on a weak­ened SYRIZA-led gov­ern­ment.

For­mer pub­lic or­der min­is­ter Vassilis Kik­il­ias was named press spokesman, re­plac­ing Gior­gos Koumout­sakos, who was given the for­eign af­fairs port­fo­lio. Sources in­side ND said Kik­il­ias was seen as bet­ter suited to take on the gov­ern­ment’s re­cently in­stalled spokesman Dim­itris Tzanakopou­los, a “fresh face” in Greek pol­i­tics.

Con­ser­va­tive heavy­weight Dora Bakoy­an­nis will take over the de­vel­op­ment port­fo­lio, while Ado­nis Ge­or­giadis, the party’s vice pres­i­dent, will take an ad­di­tional role as shadow de­fense min­is­ter. Geor- gi­adis, an out­spo­ken hard-right politi­cian, is con­sid­ered a good match for De­fense Min­is­ter Panos Kam­menos.

For­mer tourism min­is­ter Olga Ke­faloyianni was given the cul­ture port­fo­lio, Makis Voridis will take over as shadow in­te­rior min­is­ter, and Mil­tiadis Varvitsiotis will over­see is­sues of mi­gra­tion.

The pro­mo­tion of Takis Theodorikakos is seen as a key as- pect of the shadow cab­i­net reshuf­fle. Theodorikakos, who has served as Mit­so­takis’s strat­egy and com­mu­ni­ca­tion ad­viser, is now tasked with co­or­di­nat­ing ND’s shadow cab­i­net.

SYRIZA la­beled ND’s new scheme a “re­cy­cling of worn-out po­lit­i­cal fig­ures from the [An­to­nis] Sa­ma­ras era.” SYRIZA also slammed Mit­so­takis for pro­mot­ing the party’s hardright led by for­mer LAOS MPs Ge­or­giadis and Voridis.

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